May 13, 2001
In the first chapter of his great study of the poet William Blake, the critic Northrop Frye notes that there is a distinction between prophecy and prediction. Prediction, Frye says, involves foretelling the future. Prophecy, by contrast, is the revelation of eternal truths. Blake was a prophet, and it was his lot to stoically endure the fate of one little honored in his native land. He was a difficult personality, eccentric in his views compared with the conforming multitudes around him, one of those quirky, isolated, largely self-taught geniuses whom the vast majority of his countrymen managed to completely ignore during his lifetime, despite the fact that he was among the greatest English poets.
March 19, 1992
Prophet Pat closed out the 1991-1992 winter season with a half-courtswish. His final 5-1 slate prognosticating high school hoops was theequivalent of a three-point bomb from NBA range.Only a pick madefrom his heart and not his uncanny wisdom cost him a perfect card the last week of the season.The 5-1 finish leaves the Prophet at a more-than-respectable .655percentage (135-71) going into the spring sports season.Reviewing the Prophet's final card of the winter season, the rage of a sage missed only on the Old Mill boys first-ever appearance in the state final four for Class 4A schools at Cole Field House.
March 14, 1991
Everybody is entitled to a bad outing. Just ask my man, Jim Palmer. The Hall of Famer had one Monday and retired again.So, when the Prophet has one, give him a break. The rage of a sage had a brutal time of it in last week's boys and girls state basketball playoffs, but he's not ready to quit.No, the Prophet is a long way from retiring. In fact, some of hisclose friends have called him "Severna Park's oldest teen-ager."The Prophet was a lousy 2-4 last week, and the Old Mill girls especially made him look bad. Old Mill, who the Prophet said was "a year away" with its underclass-dominated team, won it all.Old Mill was tabbed to lose its Class 4A semifinal to Largo of Prince George's County by two points, but instead the Patriots buried their foe by a lopsided 68-40.
February 15, 2006
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani protests against the Danish cartoons satirizing the Prophet Muhammad spilled into violent attacks on American and European businesses yesterday. Thousands marched in the streets of Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital, and started a riot when a security guard shot protesters who were threatening a bank. The mob burned or stoned outlets of KFC, McDonald's and Pizza Hut, a Holiday Inn and an office of Telenor, a Norwegian mobile phone company. TV footage also showed more random destruction, as protesters burned the Punjab province legislative building, parked cars and motorcycles, and a fire truck.
September 13, 1990
So what did you expect, a great week from the Prophet in his initial attempt of the high school football season?The Rage of a Sage just doesn't do well on his picks the first week, and last week he was 6-7 overall. The slate was the Prophet's first losing football week since 1988.Not to make excuses, but the Prophet's state-of-the-art computerized crystal ball was overloaded.You sports fans may not know it, but the Prophet put in some OT last week handicapping the elections.Two of the three misses on Saturday were near hits as Severn's rally fell short in a 13-6 loss to Model School of D.C., and St. Mary's came through in a second OT to nip John Carroll of Harford County, 23-22.
May 21, 1992
After a very good 6-2 week picking high school contests, I've got some bad news, sports fans. The Prophet is about to bring down the curtain on another year, and that is always a tough pill for a lot of you to swallow.Your devoted servant, the rage of a sage, has only two picks left, and then it's outta here for another year. Last week's playoff picks left the Prophet at 169-92 overall (.648).The only misses came in baseball and softball first-round playoff games, but the right teams (the ones the sage picked)